Manchester United goalkeeper De Gea has been linked with a move to the Spanish giants in the summer transfer window, with The Mirror recently reporting that the English club are “convinced” that he wants to go back to Madrid.
The former Atletico Madrid star is one of the best goalkeepers in the world, and playing for arguably the world’s biggest club is something that is understandably too big a temptation to resist.
Balague believes that De Gea wants to move to the 2014 Champions League winners, but claims that the Spain international has not made a decision yet because he wants to see what his compatriot Casillas does.
“There is a lot of pressure, which comes from Madrid, for Casillas to leave, so we are hearing 'interested' leaks,” Balague wrote on Skysports.com.
“I’m not saying De Gea will not come to Madrid, what I am saying is that I don’t think an agreement has been reached because De Gea wants to see what Casillas is doing.
“Casillas says he wants to stay until 2017 which means De Gea would then have to make a decision. Does he want to be fighting for the place with Casillas or does he want to wait one more year until the end of his contract? Nothing has been decided yet.”
Casillas has been at Madrid his entire career, but his performances over the past two or so seasons have been disappointing at times.
Moreover, the Spaniard is 33 years of age and is clearly past his best. It makes sense for Madrid to move for a younger goalkeeper who is already world class.
Madrid signed Costa Rica international Keylor Navas from Levante in the summer of 2014, but the 28-year-old is only the second choice custodian.
De Gea is playing for one of the biggest clubs on the planet and is the undisputed number one at United.
If the 24-year-old is not guaranteed regular playing time at Madrid, then it makes no sense for him to leave in the summer.